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Brindavan Gardens

Coordinates: 12°25′34″N 76°34′34″E / 12.42611°N 76.57611°E / 12.42611; 76.57611
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Brindavan Gardens
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TypeGarden
LocationKrishna Raja Sagara Dam, Srirangapatna, Mandya District, Karnataka
Nearest cityMysuru
Coordinates12°25′34″N 76°34′34″E / 12.42611°N 76.57611°E / 12.42611; 76.57611
Area60 acres (24 ha)
Created1932 (1932)
Operated byCauvery Niravari Nigama
Visitors2 million
OpenYear round
Websitehttps://karnatakatourism.org/tour-item/brindavan-gardens-krs-mysuru/
Fountains at Brindavan Gardens at night
Brindavan Garden Fountains at Night
Krishnarajasagara Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens is a garden located 12 k.ms from the city of Mysore[1] in the Mandya District of the Indian State of Karnataka. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara Dam which is built across the river Kaveri.[2] The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932.[3][4] Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna.[5] Sir Mirza Ismail, the Deewan of Mysore, a man with a penchant for gardens, founded the Brindavan Gardens (Krishnaraja Sagar Dam in particular) and built the Cauvery River high-level canal to irrigate 120,000 acres (490 km2) in modern Mandya district.[citation needed] The gardens were designed by German botanist and landscape designer Gustav Hermann Krumbiegel.

Krishana Raja Sagara Dam
Statue of Kaveri at the Dam

Garden

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The garden is maintained by the Cauvery Niravari Nigama (Cauvery Irrigation Corporation), a Government of Karnataka enterprise.[6] It is spread across an area of 60 acres (240,000 m2). Adjoining it is also a fruit orchard spread across 75 acres (300,000 m2) and 2 horticultural farms, Nagavana (30 acres) and Chandravana (5 acres).[7] The garden is laid out in 3 terraces which contain water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage plants such as Duranta plumaria and Euphorbia and flowering plants like Celosia, Marigold and bougainvillea.[4] The garden is open to the public and an entry-fee is charged. The garden also has topiary works (sculptures of animals created by clipping shrubs), pergolas (shaded passageway covered by creepers) and gazebos.[4] The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronised to the music of songs. There is also a lake within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors.[8]

The garden was renovated in 2005 with a cost of Rs. 50 million.[9] The renovation included sprucing up the musical fountain using a digitised system and repairs of dysfunctional fountains.[9] In 2007, the gardens were closed for a brief duration as a safety measure to avoid trouble related to the Cauvery water dispute.[10]

Finances

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In the year 2003–2004, the gate collection was Rs. 2.07 crores, which increased to Rs 2.69 crores in 2004-05 and Rs 4.3 crores in 2005–06.[6] This revenue is shared between Cauvery Niravari Nigam and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) in the ratio 3:1.[6]

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Notes

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  1. ^ "Brindavan Gardens, timings, entry ticket cost, price, fee - Mysore Tourism 2021". mysoretourism.in. Archived from the original on 9 December 2021. Retrieved 31 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Brindavan Garden (KRS-Krishna Raja Sagar)".
  3. ^ "Brindavan Gardens". Horticultural Department, Government of Karnataka. Archived from the original on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "Brindavan Gardens to get a facelift for Dasara". The Hindu. 14 August 2004. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Gauri Satya (11 January 2008). "Mysore sees steady rise in tourist flow". Business Standard. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  6. ^ a b c "Brindavan Gardens to get a makeover". The Hindu. 3 June 2006. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  7. ^ S V Upendra Charya (28 February 2006). "Focus: Horticulture". Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  8. ^ "Daytime to be fun at Brindavan Gardens". The Hindu. 1 February 2008. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Brindavan Gardens entry fee hiked". The Hindu. 10 April 2005. Archived from the original on 20 May 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  10. ^ "Brindavan Gardens to be reopened from April 30". The Hindu. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2008.